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Ten Thousand Villages Community Shopping Benefit for Local Nonprofits

December 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - December 8, 2017 @ 9:00 pm

Ten Thousand Villages of Asheville is honored to once again host its 12th annual holiday shopping benefit—a week-long event focused in giving back a portion of sales to local non-profit organizations. From November 27th until December 8th, 2017, not only will purchases benefit the lives of the artisans around the world in support of the non-profit mission of Ten Thousand Villages, it will also impact change right here in Western North Carolina. During this weeklong event, customers will simply mention the name of the participating non-profit they would like to support, and 15% of their purchase will be donated to that organization.
During the 2016 Community Shopping Benefit series, Ten Thousand Villages donated nearly $9,000 to 14 local organizations throughout the region. As a nonprofit celebrating it’s 25th year in downtown Asheville, this event is one of many hosted to increase local involvement and awareness of the importance of fairtrade and conscious community engagement here and abroad. Sarah Brown, Associate Executive Director of OnTrack WNC, says of the program, “We’ve been working with Ten Thousand Villages for over five years and every year it just gets better. It’s such a wonderful opportunity for people in the community support three great causes: fairly traded goods handcrafted by international artisans, a locally operated downtown non-profit, as well as another non-profit doing important work in the community.”
In addition to creating opportunities for artisans in developing countries, Ten Thousand Villages believes in building strong local communities as the two are inextricably interconnected. Partnering with 16 local organizations, Ten Thousand Villages works to support these crucial community efforts, from affordable housing to animal rescue, literacy programs to trauma relief services. This collaborative effort provide customers the opportunity to double the impact of their holiday shopping by supporting the talents of disadvantaged artisans around the world while donating to programs that fill an important need in the local community.

The organizations participating in this year’s Community Shopping Benefit series are:
• Council on Aging
• On Track
• Our Voice
• Dignity PERIOD
• The Asheville Chapter of The Links
• The Irene Wortham Center
• Snake, Rabbit, and Snail Bookmobile
• River Link
• Asheville Community Yoga

Hope you’re able to attend.


December 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am
December 8, 2017 @ 9:00 pm


Ten Thousand Villages Asheville
10 College St
Asheville, NC 28801